Charles Wohlforth

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Anchorage’s Olympic Dream

In the 1980s, Anchorage made bids to host the winter Olympics. Remember Salt Lake City? That could have been us. Now the idea is back. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll talk about whether Anchorage should be an Olympic city, and what was learned last time we tried. Join us with your questions, memories and opinions. Should we bid for 2026? KSKA: Wednesday, 1/29 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Moving the Transit Center

The People Mover bus system has routed through the transit center in downtown Anchorage for many years, but now city officials want to move the transit center to midtown as part of a mixed development of residential and commercial land uses. We explore the pros and cons of moving the transit center, and the implications for focusing more city activity in the midtown area instead of the traditional downtown core. KSKA: Wednesday 1/15 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Celebrating Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of many organizations and causes. At this time of year, KSKA provides an opportunity to thank them for their contributions to the community. In the studio, our guests address what volunteers accomplish and how organizations can attract and make effective use of a volunteer workforce. KSKA: Wednesday 12/18 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

The LGBT Experience in Anchorage

Anchorage lags behind much of the nation in protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens from discrimination, but does that mean they face more prejudice or have a harder life here? Our guests address the lgbt experience in Anchorage, the good as well as the bad. Join us and call in for an open discussion and honest questions about navigating sexual identity. KSKA: Wednesday 12/11 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Anchorage labor ordinance

The key players in the Anchorage labor law debate join us in the studio for a round table discussion: Mayor Dan Sullivan, Assembly chair Ernie Hall, Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson, and Gerard Asselin, the President of the Coalition on Municipal Unions. Join us for a civil discussion on a tough issue. KSKA: Wednesday 11/6 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Celtic New Year

Celtic New Year is something like Halloween, but more serious-- a night when the veil between two worlds is lifted and ancestors may be in touch. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll learn about this tradition, and its 25th annual celebration in Anchorage, which is coming up, with members of the Irish and Scottish communities. KSKA: Wednesday 10/23 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

The Mat-Su Ferry

The advanced-design ferry Susitna was supposed to connect Anchorage and Mat-Su's Point MacKenzie, but after spending $78 million on the vessel, no landing docks have ever been built and the ship has become a costly white elephant. On the next Hometown, Alaska host Charles Wohlforth and his guests will talk about how Mat-Su taxpayers to got in this difficult situation, and the options being discussed to deal with the cost. KSKA: Wednesday 10/9 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Shoes of Alaska

Shoes are particularly personal things, and yet universally human. On the next Hometown, Alaska we'll be talking about shoes as a way to understand our community, our culture and lifestyles. An exhibit is opening at the Anchorage Museum called Footnotes, and some of the shoes on dispay are crazy, including Xtratough boots as high heels. Charles Wohlforth hosts the curator and one of the artists. KSKA: Wednesday 10/2 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Prejudice and the Church

Churches have fought racial prejudice or gone along with it at different times and places in Alaskan history. These deep, moral issues put spiritual leaders in a complex position, and they see their duties very differently.On the next Hometown, Alaska host Charles Wohlforth talks with two pastors about how religious faith might be relevant to issues of prejudice, how churches talk about those issues, and the pitfalls of broaching them. KSKA: Wednesday 9/18, at 2:00 pm (LIVE) and 9:00 pm Listen Now

World School

A family tragedy inspired Mary Katzke to sell her house and belongings, take her 10-year-old Corrin out of school, and head off around the world with him. Now Mary and Corin are back, and they've produced a film and exhibit about their experiences called World School. They join us to talk about jumping off the deep end into the wide world. Listen Now KSKA: Wednesday 9/4 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

Back to School with Superintendent Graff

School is starting in Anchorage, once again with a new superintendent. After a year of turmoil, the Anchorage School District is headed by a local educator, Ed Graff. Superintendent Graff looks ahead to coming school year and how he plans to guide the district. We're on the air the first day of school. Listen Now KSKA: Wednesday 8/21 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

Hiking the Chugach

This week's show puts together four guys who love hiking these trails and know them well, an author, two trail managers and your host. We'll talk about our favorite hikes while we put together a trail guide on the air. KSKA: Thursday 7/25 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

What’s up with the weather?

Huge storms in the fall. A winter that was slow to start and then wouldn't quit. A late, frigid spring that turned into a scorching June. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll talk about just how unusual the weather has been, and how that relates to climate--or doesn't. Tune in with your questions for our weather and climate experts. KSKA: Wednesday 6/19 at 2:00 pm and 7 :00 pm Listen Now

Understanding Alaska’s Gas Line Options

Sometimes the news you hear and read gets so complicated and insider you want to tune out, but when it comes to the Alaska gasline, that would mean ignoring one of the most important issues that could determine the state's future for generations. On the next Hometown Alaska, we hold a clarifying discussion about gasline options and issues, a gasline 101 to get up to speed and form our own opinions. KSKA: Wednesday, 5/29, at 2 pm and 7 pm Download Audio

Bragaw Extension / North Access to UMed District

The extension of Bragaw south into the university medical area has been a controversial idea for decades. Now the legislature has funded a project to connect the north side of UAA to Northern Lights Boulevard, and design is going ahead. We'll learn about the Bragaw extension, how it was approved, the routes under consideration, and the pros and cons of each, balancing the need to move traffic and the need to preserve the university campus. KSKA: Wednesday 5/8 at 2:00 pm and 7:00pm Listen Now

The Small, Small Business of Market Vendors

Outdoor markets foster a grassroots economy in Anchorage of tiny businesses, often with one person creating work by hand and selling it directly to the public. But these tiny businesses can add up to big money, and some of them take off. We'll be talking about the markets, craft fairs, and other homegrown shopping forums with a market manager and an artist who uses the markets to sell her work. KSKA Wednesday, 4/17, 2 pm and 7 pm

Thinking Clearly About Economic Choices

Economics is a way of applying math and logic to the decisions we make. And when you do it, you find out a lot of the decisions we make don't make much sense, not only the little stuff, also the big choices we make as a state. On the next Hometown, Alaska our guest is UAA Professor Kyle Hampton, who has studied that mysterious gap between how we behave, and how we think we behave. KSKA: Wednesday 4/3 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Culturally Relevant Learning

Two plus two equals four no matter where you come from, but how you learn math or the other core subjects may be different for each of us depending on the world in which we live. For Alaska Native students, curriculum and methods developed for city kids may not work as well as lessons that are culturally relevant. On the next Hometown, Alaska Charles Wohlforth hosts educators working to make learning work across cultures discuss these challenges on today's show. KSKA Wednesday 3/6 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Urban Wildlife

Urban wildlife are a part of living in Anchorage. Having a moose at your front door makes a good facebook post for your relatives outside, but it's not fun if you're trying to get somewhere. Moose can be dangerous. We'll talk about the pleasures and hazards of living with moose and bear in Anchorage, and explore ideas for how we can co-exist better. Whose habitat is this, anyway? KSKA Wednesday 2/27 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Photos mentioned by caller: Moose Calf Birth in yard

Ski Trail Intel

Cross-country skiing is all about the trail. In your mind’s eye, that’s where you are when you think about skiing. The beauty of the place, and also the challenge, and, of course, the conditions. That’s why we talk about trails so much. On our very first episode of Outdoor Explorer, we explore the trails of southcentral – the old favorites, and some brand new trails in Girdwood and near Hatcher Pass. Read More... KSKA: Thursday 2/21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm